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TJOJ: THE FORESTER, GARDENER & CARPENTER: GROWING & BUILDING A TREE OF LIFE

THE FORESTER, GARDENER & CARPENTER
GROWING & BUILDING A TREE OF LIFE

How Beautiful Is A Tree?

Why is a tree so beautiful to us? There is just something about it, that calms our spirit and makes us feel more at peace. Could it be that there is some link between us and a tree? Did you know a tree has DNA and cells, and veins? Did you also know that some trees can even communicate with each other? In Africa there are certain trees that if they are being over foraged, will signal other trees up to several miles away to increase the tannin in their leaves. This chemical makes the leaves inedible to foraging animals. So all the leaves of the trees near and far become inedible for a time. But of course nature learns to overcome and the giraffes that eat from these trees will only eat from each tree for a few minutes at a time, and then move from tree to tree so they don’t aggravate any one individual tree, and make all the others bitter as well.

There is a symbiosis between us and trees. They breathe out what we breathe in, and they breathe in what we breathe out. It is a cycle that is completely interdependent upon each other. Also, we may be attracted to trees because plants are our sole way of harvesting the power of the Sun and using it as fuel to get us through the day. Also, there is a reason why most fruits are delicious. Because the thing that eats it will spread its seeds, thus insuring the continuity of the species.

We really are not so different from the trees, we are made of the same things:

  • Earth
  • Water
  • Air
  • Light

Wait, we aren’t made of light, but a tree is powered by the massive power of the Sun. And we are powered by the biochemical fuel that a tree generates from what it gathers from the Sun. Quite simply put, we can not exist naturally without the trees in our lives.

There are hundreds of references to trees throughout the Bible. And they all seem to come with some pretty incredible significance. But what could they mean?

Why are these trees so important to us even in the Holy Scriptures? The first mention of any trees starts on the 3rd day of creation.

Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth“; and it was so.12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

Few people understand what these trees are, and why they are mentioned so predominately. But they are some of the greatest truths of our life. Why? Because in may ways they represent people like you and me.

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

As we progress though our life, we constantly grow physically, spiritually, and mentally more mature. With each step of our journey our character grows and becomes more established and sound. And though life doesn’t always smell like roses, it is good for fertilizing your soul. And like the trees you take in the things this life gives you, no matter how dirty or how bad they smell. We root ourselves in these truths that we learn each day and we sift out the bad, and take in only what is good to make us grow bigger and stronger. These things we learn are all filled with a richness of truths that fuel our mind and spirit and allows us to attain greater understandings. All things in your life build up together to form and shape your character that makes you, that unique you, you see each day in the mirror. And as you know, it takes a lifetime to slowly grow you and your character into a solid and stable soul. It takes every second of that lifetime, from the moment you were conceived in your mother’s womb, to build you up into this pillar of strength, stability and truth. Why? Because you are built up of everything you have ever seen, heard, smelt, tasted or touched. All these senses have all come together to form this solid core that supports the abode of your soul.

So once the core support of your soul is established and rooted in truth, with solid foundations, then it can grow to great heights like the mustard tree.

Matthew 13:31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

mustard seed: sinapi; sē’-nä-pē: To sting or hurt

The meaning behind the parable of the mustard seed, is to be always determined and never giving up. This means to take the things that life gives you, no matter how hard or bitter its truths may be, and grow. The word mustard comes from the word must. So it is easier to remember, this tree, in this parable as the word must. You must let your soul grow, no matter what. And at this very moment, you just ate the fruit of the mustard tree, and learned a lesson from it. How many people do you know that are determined in all they do? So if that person personifies a character of determination, then you took a valuable lesson away from them and you apply it to your own pillar of truth. So, let nothing stand in your way. Let your faith be like that mustard seed. With determination you will grow like a tree planted in the foundations of life. By taking in the richness that life gives you, and also by drinking in the living waters of the Holy Spirit, that replenish your spirit and helps you through the testing of the fires of the trials of life, you have grown  in the spirit into a much greater tree.

Jeremiah 17:8  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Only a few feet of sunlight can burn ANYTHING on this planet. So imagine the great power of God’s light in your life. A tree gathers more than enough light to fuel not only itself but also all the things that eat of it. So imagine you too in God’s light, allowing yourself to grow strong, fueled by His energy within your soul. Gain strength and become solid in your character. Become unyielding and unbending to the foolishness all around you. Not chasing after things that are useless and could make you break if you stray from the path or try to bend to accommodate the whims of the winds of change. You are being built into a tree of the Lord, made to grace His garden paradise. You are a tree of His garden that He finds so serene and beautiful. You are a tree of wholeness and peace. So grow in love in everything you do, and branch out to many avenues for the Lord… and drink in that Living water of the Holy Spirit.

John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Tending To The Trees Of The Garden:

In that garden paradise of Eden, the Lord walked amongst his trees, and He put Adam in charge of tending to them

Genesis 2:15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

Eden; ā’·den: pleasure, luxury, dainty, delight, finery, delight

In this garden paradise of pleasure and delight, an innocent man is placed in charge of tending to the trees. Why the trees and nothing more? And what exactly did he do?

Genesis 2:5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

The ground is watered with a mist, even before man appears upon the face of the earth. It also says God planted the trees of the garden and God made them grow. It also says that a river watered the garden trees… So what exactly did Adam do all day with these trees all alone?

8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden

Did Adam plant more trees and make the garden bigger? Did the trees die, and did he need to plant new ones to replenish their numbers? If so did Adam actually till the ground?

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it': ” Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.

When Adam was kicked out of paradise he then had to toil and till the ground. Was he then, not tilling the ground in the garden beforehand?  The truth is we may never know what Adam did, but remember we are all symbolic of trees in the Holy Scriptures. And as I have said before, that the stories represent a way that God mirrors a spiritual truth in our lives. This story of Adam in the garden is a mirrored truth of your life as a person in the service of God.

Your job is to tend to God’s garden, and tend to the people in your life that you know. Eat of their good fruits and allow them to strengthen you just as you strengthen them. So let your soul and character grow. Eat freely of these trees in God’s garden. Eat freely from their knowledge, and take from the examples of their lives. Because through them you are then strengthened and grow more and more each time you do. We are social animals and not meant to live single and solitary lives. So we cluster in cities and towns, or as trees we form forests.

Isaiah 10:18  And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field, Both soul and body; And they will be as when a sick man wastes away.

Did you see that line? The forest is again compared to people. It is “Both soul and body” that is being grown. But the body and soul sometimes needs to be pruned to keep it healthy and whole.

So prune away the things in your life that are not worthy to bear fruits that are desirable for consumption by others. Don’t bear bitter fruits.

Deuteronomy 32:32  For their vine is of the vine of Sodom And of the fields of Gomorrah; Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter

The Lord God helps us prune the parts of our lives that need to be cleaned-up. We need to be more selective with our time, and resources, or even the company we keep. By pruning away the things that are not healthy, the body as a whole, can grow richer and stronger. And if all of God’s trees did this for one another, what a mighty forest or garden we would be.

The Vine Tree:

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “I heard it through the grape vine”? Or heard someone say something about their family tree? Well, this all stems back to us being part of a greater tree. Or a vine, and we are all part of the tree of life. The vine is the tree of the essence of life, as we know that wine is referred to as blood, and the life of all things is in the blood.

Deuteronomy 32:14 … And you drank wine, the blood of the grapes.

Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Genesis 9:4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood;

14 for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life

But let us not think the vine is the only tree of life. There are in fact many trees of life. Each one representing another attribute of a solid character of life.

The Three Trees:

There are actually 3 major trees in the Bible, that you see over and over, that seem to be teaching us some profound meaning. But as we read them, the meaning may seem to be a little remiss to us.

7 ” Listen to me, you men of Shechem, That God may listen to you!
8 ” The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them. And they said to the olive tree, ‘ Reign over us!’
9 But the olive tree said to them, Should I cease giving my oil, With which they honor God and men, And go to sway over trees?’
10 ” Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘ You come and reign over us!’
11 But the fig tree said to them, Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit, And go to sway over trees?’
12 ” Then the trees said to the vine, ‘ You come and reign over us!’
13 But the vine said to them, Should I cease my new wine, Which cheers both God and men, And go to sway over trees?’
14 ” Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘ You come and reign over us!’
15 And the bramble said to the trees,‘ If in truth you anoint me as king over you, Then come and take shelter in my shade; But if not, let fire come out of the bramble And devour the cedars of Lebanon!’

There is the vine, the olive and the fig that seem to be most beneficial here. And then there is the jerk bramble or thorn bush who wants to devour the cedars of Lebanon. But what did that all mean?

To understand this we will start with the word  Shechem

Shechem: Shekem;shek·em': “back” or “shoulder”
shakam; shä·kam': to rise or start early.

Shechem is the place of the body that carries a burden but it is also the place that is first to rise to a challenge. So you men (Thoughts and beliefs) rise to the occasion and find a king to rule over your spiritual house.

The Vine & Wine:
The Body & The Joy Of living

The vine we know as the body of believers that form the church of Christ. The vine is what brings forth the wine that gives joy to both God and men. This is the essence of the physical life. The joy of this life we live is a pleasure to us, and to God. Our lives or a beautiful gift filled with so much joy and sweetness. But when grapes go sour they become bitter. So when Jesus gave of the wine to His disciples He was telling them to enjoy this life given to them. Do not waste it, but savor it. And a life of bitterness is a hard cup to swallow. So as Jesus hung on the cross He was offered the bitterness of sour grapes, but that was a life Jesus tasted but never drank.

John 19:29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.

30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Remember the name of Jesus, symbolizes freedom. He is the symbol of salvation from the bitterness of life. But when you allow bitterness back into your life, you kill the joy and freedom of the Spirit inside you. The cup of gall is hard to swallow

Mark 14:36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Even Jesus knew how great a life this is that we live. And He knew that He also will not taste the joys of  life until we join with Him again in Heaven.

Matthew 26:29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

So give a little thanks in joy, and celebrate a life of living, and join to the freedom of the Spirit that gives new wine, a life worth living.

The Olive & The Oil:

The olive tree and branch has often been the symbol of peace and love. This is because of the fatty fruit of the olive. The olive is an unusual plant in that its oil is both healthy for you and it also makes a great source of fuel for the lamps that light our homes at night. But the oil is also used to keep things smooth, soothed and protected. Just as you can oil a machine to keep things from having friction, that same truth is used in Scriptures as an easing mechanism between spirits. The oil soothes and smoothes things over, so it gives ease to our troubled spirit. This oil keeps things running smoothly between people, as well, so there will be no burning friction between them. This is why it is the symbol of peace, to keep our spirits at ease with another.

The oil of the Spirit is also used as the symbol of anointing both men and kings. It eases the troubled spirit and it also is the fuel for the lamp of the mind. The light that comes from the lamp is the light of God that is symbolic of our thoughts. But the fuel in our lives is the oil. The oil is both our ease and what propels us through life.

A Vessel Of Service:

You see, we are all built of the same basic idea of being something like an automobile. There is a body that is the vehicle itself. I have often looked into a mirror and thought to myself “Wow, is that me? I look nothing like I feel inside”. In my mind’s eye I see me as a different spirit. And I feel like I am only a passenger in this outer shell. The body is a vessel. A vehicle, if you will. This vessel is great in that it gets the works I need done. It also allows me to enjoy my drive through the roads of life. But the car is not all there is to me. And the car alone can do nothing without the oil that allows the wheels to turn or the fuel that makes it go.

So though the vine is my body and vessel, the oil is the fuel. I am motivated each day by the Holy Spirit. It prompts me with insights and feelings. It gives me ease in hard times and it takes away the pain. I am eased, and motivated by the Love of the Spirit of God. And this is the driving force in my life. So just like a car, I put oil into me gas tank and then my vessel zooms away towards destinations unknown. And the great thing about the fuel in a car, is it gets the motor humming, and that motor charges the batteries. This battery allows the car to start-up each day with a spark to ignites the flame that drives me. And that charged battery also allows me to turn on the radio so I can hear the music that is played in my heart. I sing songs to the Lord in my spirit, by the energies of joy in this life. God’s music lives inside me and this too makes the joy of driving so much more worth being upon this lonely road.

The batteries that are charged also allow me to turn on the lamps of my eyes to see the road ahead. As the road twists and turns in a dark world, I am not afraid of going off the road and perhaps hitting another tree. My brothers of the forest of life can also see my light shining brightly as a beacon of hope, and they can follow me as I lead them to a place of fueling, so they too can fight off the darkness of the night of the soul with God’s light. And without our help, those that run out of gas, and have lost the way of joy in the spirit, may become permanently stalled and give up on hope, and doom themselves to a life of eternal suffering. And sometimes these stalled soul need a little nudge in the right direction, or a push-start to their cars so they can get back on the road with joy again.

And that light that is fueled by the Spirit allows me to see the other vessels along the road and tell what kind of cars they are. That light even allows me to see that one dark car with no lights on at all, that would have me crash off this road. God is the light within me. And the devil has no control over me. I choose my path and I see my road stretched out before me, and he will not be an obstacle if I shine my light out brightly.

So, we have a car and we have some fuel, and we checked the car out to make sure it is running smoothly. We want to make sure we don’t have a blowout in our lives and take out those harmless trees of the forest. And we made sure our car is running well because we have many errands to run each day in the service of the Lord. So we have a car or vessel, we have the fuel to get us home. But what are we missing in this car? Oh yeah, the driver.

We have the vine (Body), we have the olive (Spirit), but now we need the fig (Mind) to drive us.

The Fig Of The Mind:

Have you ever heard someone say “I don’t give a fig about that!”? Maybe not, it’s an old expression. But it means, I don’t care to give it a thought.

One of the saddest things with many Christians today, is that we forget that God want’s us to be smart and not just faithful alone. Faith is a big part of our spiritual walk, but He also wants you to be very wise in the choices you make. This is why Adam and Eve were allowed to eat of the trees in the garden even though one of them brought about the death of innocence. Remember, there were two trees in the garden unlike any of the other trees.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

One is symbolic of Lucifer, and the other is symbolic of Jesus. One is the Tree Of Life that is rooted in true strength and gives us life everlasting, and the fruit of this tree is the truth that Jesus freely gives us. Yet neither Adam nor Eve were ever reported to have eaten from it, even after so many years in its presence.

Isaiah 53:2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Yet the tree of death was the Tree Of Knowledge, and Lucifer has always been said to be both wise and beautiful beyond measure.

Ezekiel 28:11 …”You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God

Ezekiel 31:8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide it; The fir trees were not like its boughs, And the chestnut trees were not like its branches; No tree in the garden of God was like it in beauty.

And yet the allure of knowledge outweighed the allure of life everlasting. Why? Because it is in our nature to want to know. What is life without learning something new? If you are reading this now, it means you are hungry for some new truth! In fact that is what is symbolic about ALL of the trees in the garden. You can freely eat of all the trees in your life too

Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

It doesn’t say that God allowed the man, or suggested to the man to eat of the trees. He commanded him to. And so I am sure Adam ate of ALL the trees first. This is a lot of spiritual growing going on in Adam.

Remember, symbolically we are all trees in God’s eyes. And when our spiritual eyes are opened we see things a little differently. In the garden, it is not just that one act of sinful rebellion by Adam eating a fruit that led to the fall of mankind. It is symbolic of the nature of all spiritual men (This means women too). Our curious nature is all part of a greater design. He told Adam that as soon he ate of this certain tree he would know death, but he did it anyways. Not because Eve told him to, He was right there with her.

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate

It was because both Adam and Eve wanted to know more. God didn’t need for there to be a tree that brought knowledge that lead to death, especially not in His perfect garden. But He placed it there all the same to test us. He also didn‘t need to put that instinct in us to be curious. But yet He did. God knew fully well that it is our nature to be drawn to something that will teach us new things. We all love knowing things that we wouldn‘t know unless we consumed them into our minds. Go ahead and try to digest all this for a moment. Chew it over in your mind and see if it sits well in your stomach.

By eating something spiritually or mentally it adds to the strength of the mind with the power of the thing it consumed. Just like eating something physically adds to your physical strength. This eating of the fruit of the tree is symbolic for the same choices we face in our lives today. Before you gained understanding that all things in your life came with a consequence, you were happy just tending to your own selfish wants and needs. When you didn’t know your actions effected and affected other people, you were happily ignorant to them. Life was blissful in your ignorance. Look at a pet or small child and see the mess they make and how clueless they are to making it. They just enjoyed doing whatever it was they were doing. But once your spiritual eyes were opened  you could see the wake of the storm that your selfish life left behind. And this damage and pain you caused to others, left guilt in your heart and it stained your mind. Guilt weighs you down and it makes you feel naked and ashamed because your shamefulness is exposed. And guilt is a ponderous burden that brings us down and causes sadness and depression, or anger or jealousy for the ease of the lives of others. So as each of us tries to hide from God amongst the spiritual trees, and try to act just like everyone else.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

You can not hide a life of awareness from God. You are no longer like other people. To try to hide is like a child covering its own eyes and thinking you can no longer see it because it pretends not to see you. God knows that you now know the difference of who you were and how you should be, because you try to hide your shame. But innocence is lost and you can not hide a life, now fully aware of spiritual things.

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

The fig is symbolically the fruit of the mind. It grows two crops of fruit each year. One is bitter and the other is sweet. This is symbolic of knowing evil and good in your life.

Genesis 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

The Chinese have a proverb that goes “You must first taste bitter before you can know sweet”. And by knowing Sweetness and bitterness we know what is good for us and what is bad for us. And covering your nakedness with fig leaves is simply saying “I understand that I am shameful and wrong”. And suddenly you understand that your paradise of innocence is lost. And you no longer fit in amongst the other trees of God’s garden. Because you have lost you joy and peace. And you have become aware of the shameful things of your animal or beastly self.

Genesis 3:22 22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” —23 therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

And now that you are a soul fully aware, forever blocked is your path back to the pleasures of the garden of Eden. Now two cherubs of truth (The balancing of two wisdoms) guard the way. And the flaming sword of truth bars our way back into paradise, and until we learn to overcome our animal or beast-self and learn to rule our world through the freedom that comes from Jesus, the way to our bliss in the spirit will forever be blocked.

Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ‘

So our life is no longer the paradise of youthful innocence, but it is now a trying time in the testing of the heat of the light of the Sun. Where our labors and understandings forge our way to enlightenment and wholeness with God. From our efforts and struggles do we learn to eat of the sweetness of the Tree Of Life… Jesus is the Tree Of Life and His truth is mirrored in our life.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise

The Lord has gifted us with choices and He does not want us to be blind to them or their consequences.

Genesis 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

One of the greatest gifts from God is our freedom of choice. But in knowing the significance of our choices, some lead to a light of life in the Spirit, and some choices weight us down in guilt to the grave. But we are meant to use our cunning and crafty ways, NOT for evil as the poisonous viper, but rather use our wise choices for good and as a way to persuade others to come to the Lord. SO BE CREATIVE PEOPLE!.

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

The Bible never asks us to just be sheep and lead on blindly with only faith, but to also be smart and wise, and to also do everything with innocence and gentleness. And that is part of the key to your spiritual journey to salvation. Be cunning, but yet innocent.

Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and *harmless as doves.

*Harmless: akeraios; ä-ke’-rī-os: of the mind, without a mixture of evil, free from guile, innocent, simple

So as a spiritual person:

  • You ate of the vine, and you learned to take joy in the physical body you have.
  • You have also eaten of the olive tree, as it gave you ease and light in the Spirit/spirit.
  • You also ate of the tree of the knowledge or bitter and sweet. You now know the difference of good and evil in life.

You are smarter for eating of these trees. You have gained soundness in Body, Spirit and Mind.

The Apple:

Apple: ‘iyshown; ē·shōn': pupil of the eye (of man)

You may have thought the tree in that garden was an apple, and I guess it may very well be. But the Bible never speaks of what the fruit of that tree was. Many assume it was an apple, because traditionally the seeds of an apple are poisonous. But it takes A LOT of apple seeds to get you sick. Also the words used for apple in the Bible, generally refers to the black spot in the middle of your eye. As meaning that something is the focus of attention.

Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye.

And somehow God seeing us as the pretty sweet fruit with a poison core, does not sit too well with me, because we are all consumed by Him in the spirit… And I really don’t want to give God a stomach ache.

Job 20:15  He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.

But who knows what that fruit may be. But in my opinion, would it not make more sense to cover yourself with the leaves of the thing you ate? They wouldn’t even need to go very far from the tree to take a fig leaf and cover their nakedness and shame. So when God saw these leaves of understanding, He would know, they too understand. And they have grown too big and too restless in the mind and spirit, to live in the garden of eternal peace of the soul.

Bitter Fruits and Dry Trees:

No good fruit can come from a bitter or dry tree. Seeds represent a potential in life. If I plant a seed it grows into a new tree. So I need to plant my seeds correctly and have them set apart from regular life and dedicated to the Lord. This is where circumcision comes from. You are a tree and your seeds are your… well, you know. So just as you have real seeds like a tree, you also have spiritual ones. So we prune away the parts of us that are, shall we say, more dirty than others. And we dedicate our lives and our potential to the Lord. But no good potential can be seeded or planted into the fertile fields of the heart if is filled with death. Bitterness only grows more bitterness. And that bitter fruit brings about only more bitterness in the others that eat it.

Matthew 7:17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

So we need to bear good fruits for others to eat by drinking in the love of the Spirit. Because a tree that is not of the Lord is a life without any good potential, and your seeds of hope will dry up and your eternal promise will be no more.

Isaiah 56:3  Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the LORD Speak, saying, ” The LORD has utterly separated me from His people”; Nor let the eunuch say, ” Here I am, a dry tree.”

The Fruit:

The way the fruit of our spirit works. If you are a tree of great character, then you can not help but have your actions and influence, influence others. Everything you say and do is bearing a type of fruit, either bitter or sweet. And those that eat a bitter fruit wont want anything to do with that fruit ever again, so that potential dies. But if the fruit is good, then people want more. And if the seeds represent potential in the Spirit. Then by planting the seeds of the good fruits, we bear forth a great potential in others. This gives others a chance to grow their character as well. If people like you as a person, and what you have to sell them spiritually seems good, then everything you do and say takes root in the rich fields of their heart and soul, and over time it grows, even if you see it or not.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

Our lives have such a profound impact on others. Our own lives give life and a reason to live. We are all being shaped into trees of life just like Jesus.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.

Proverbs 8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.

John 15:8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

But if we don’t bear good fruit, we are doing no good for our God and have no right to be in His garden paradise. And even now judgment stands in wait for you that don’t head these words and warnings from God.

Matthew 3:10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Building up your character of your soul, as a tree worthy of the Lord, is represented in the miracle of Jesus giving sight to a blind man. The first thing that Jesus awakens in him is his spiritual eyes, so that he can see the truth in all things. This is just like what happened with Adam and Eve in the garden when their spiritual eyes were opened.

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked

And then after Jesus opens the blind man’s spiritual eyes, He then awakens his true eyes to behold life as it is seen by others. This is the mirror of the Spirit/spirit. Life, and the truths hidden in it.

Note: The name of a town is a mental or emotional state of being

Bethsaida: Bēthsaïda; bāth-sä-ē-dä: House of fish
Fish are spiritually blind to God’s light. (Hence: Make you fisher’s of men)

Mark 8:22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”
25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

I have heard that passage read in churches and explained as if the Lord made a mistake and didn’t let the man see clearly at first. But the Lord does not make mistakes. Every word is set in place with a meticulous reasoning.  And what the man  first saw was men of character walking about on their spiritual journey.

I see men like trees, walking.”

The Builder Of The Living Trees:

We are of a blessed life, fruitful and in service of our Creator, going about our business of our lives, but not to no avail. We are the children of a promise. We are lives that build together the house of God, and the character of our soul forms the framework that supports the weight of the temple of the Lord. After all what was Jesus’ original job?

Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter…

The Bible is the reflective media that we see the truth in our lives, and everything physical mirrors a spiritual truth. So as Jesus’ father on Earth was a carpenter, so is His Father in Heaven

Matthew 13:55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? …

Proverbs 8:30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,

The carpenter does not only build things of wood, but His main job in the Scriptures is to frame and build houses. The Lord fastens your life into a function, and your character is the pillars of support of the house of God. Your truths you learned in life are fastened together with other people in the service of the Lord. And together we build a mighty home of great strength in resolve and character, built over generations of lives in service. Great and magnificent is this house, fastened together by the Masters Craftsman’s hand. His works in your life is for a reason. You have a purpose and a meaning. Don’t allow your spirit to become bitter. Don’t become wormwood that is useless to the Lord as a building material. A life filled with bitterness is a spirit like poison waters, killing all of the Spirit of truth.

Revelation 8:11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

If you are not solid in your resolve, then you are as fragile as reeds, and a reed is easily bent and broken, and a house made of straw can not stand.

Job 8:11 ” Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water?
12 While it is yet green and not cut down, It withers before any other plant.
13 So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,
14 Whose confidence shall be cut off, And whose trust is a spider’s web.
15 He leans on his house, but it does not stand. He holds it fast, but it does not endure.

Isaiah 36:6 Look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

And though our lives are compared to grasses. The grasses are not the trees of the solid character of righteous soul, being built up within you. The grass and reeds are only representative of our physical lives and the shortness of the beautiful time that we spend here in the flesh.

1 Peter 1:24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away,

But a life truly set in wisdom is as a flourishing tree of life.

Proverbs 3:18 She (wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.

Be wise in all you do, and be an example of the character of God. Don’t let your life and ministry be made into a mockery to humiliate the Lord. Don’t strike our loving Savior with your foolishness and offer yourself as a bitter life for Him to drink.

Mark 15:19 Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.

36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.”

A life filled with bitterness is not a pillar fitting of Heaven, because it can not stand. So a tree of bitter fruit and a life of foolishness are good for nothing but fuel for the fire.

Matthew 15:13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

But if your life is found worthy, you will be a tree of a great reward, and you will find yourself in paradise, in the garden of the house of the Lord.

Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

2 Corinthians 12:4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ‘

The Cross:

Luke 14:27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple…

What is the cross?

Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree.

We are the burden He carries. We are the price He died for. Look at His determination to bear our burdens. Our lives and our souls was all that mattered. And our sins murdered Him!

Cyrene: Kyrēnē; kü-rā’-nā: “supremacy of the bridle” or Control of your life

Simon: Simōn; sē’-mōn: Rock
From the root: Shim`own; shim·ōn': heard
Of shama`; shä·mah': to hear, listen and obey

Matthew 27:32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene (Control of your life), Simon (Obedience) by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.

What’s heavier? The cross or eternal nothingness? Build up your character, and lift up your soul. And also bear the weight of others. Be a pillar and staff for them to lean on when they are week.

Hebrews 6:6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

And when you stop re-crucifying our Lord and Savior in your selfishness and foolish ways, then maybe we too will see “Men, like trees walking”

Amen

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17 thoughts on “TJOJ: THE FORESTER, GARDENER & CARPENTER: GROWING & BUILDING A TREE OF LIFE”

  1. I have always been intrigued by the tree of life, and often I am given gifts that have a tree on them because people know this about me. This post was magnificent- the visuals and the language.

    Thank you also for enjoying my blog. Peace be with you.

  2. Your postings are great I love the art work, but when I think of trees I think of God’s creation and most of all the cross in which our Lord and Savior died upon

  3. I’m glad to know about all that you share here..especially knowing more on the meaning of my name..the oily fruit.. hope I can continue living my life in fear of the Lord & bring good impact to others..
    God bless you in all your ministry & life, Daniel!

  4. Beautiful Daniel, I would just add that we are made of light as well, when we accept Jesus into our lives, we become “Children of Light”. Loving, as our Lord loved us, we become for one another a beacon shedding light on the path, so that we don’t stumble.

    You are blessed!

  5. Amazing Daniel….this is what I was talking about! Bringing the depth of the words of scriptures into the light so we all may comprehend and give gratitude back to our Creator. Beautifully written and explained….”A tree is a tree, is a tree, is a tree…..” Thank you!

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